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Mansimran Singh Kahlon hopes to become Virginia’s first Sikh Elected Official

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Mansimran Singh Kahlon (second from right), Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates from the 13th District, with his family at the 2017 Punjabi Mela held on Mother’s Day at the Bull Run Regional Park in Virginia.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — India-born Democrat Mansimran Singh Kahlon has officially declared his candidacy for Virginia’s House of Delegates, he hopes to become the state’s first Sikh-American elected official.

Kahlon is bidding for the seat which represents the state’s 13th District, which encompasses Gainesville and Manassas Park in Prince William County.

“Currently, there is no Sikh in any state elected office or state legislature in the entire country,” Kahlon told the American Bazaar. Primary elections for the Virginia House of Delegates are just around the corner — June 13 — with statewide elections slated for November 7.

A resident of Gainesville, Kahlon has spent the entirety of his stay in the U.S. in northern Virginia since arriving to the country at the ripe age of three. He attended Rutgers University and now runs a trucking company as a local business owner. Kahlon is hoping to unseat Bob Marshall, a 24-year Republican incumbent in a district which is over 60 percent white and about 11 percent Asian. He remains undeterred.

“I’m really passionate about serving our community and the general community,” he told the Bazaar. 

Kahlon also spoke about the upswing in racial attacks on Indian-Americans and other minorities and the divisive rhetoric, directed in large part against Muslims.

“If people are going after others right now, what makes us think that we are not being targeted,” he said. “Sikhs have been targeted post 9/11. It’s time we stand up for not only ourselves, but others. Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, all have to realize that we are all stronger together, not divided. There are many forces out there trying to divide us. Together, we can accomplish legislation that is aimed at making our lives easier, and that of our neighbors.”

“I never put the interests of my community above or below others – we are all the same,” Kahlon said. “We all have the same vision where our kids can walk the cul-de-sac without the fear of the pigment of their skin.”

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Pharma exec John Kapoor gets 66 month prison sentence

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BOSTON (Diya TV)  — Former billionaire CEO John Kapoor was sentenced to 66 months in prison, the culmination of a criminal trial in Boston resulting in the first successful prosecution of a pharmaceutical executive tied to the opioid epidemic. The 76-year-old founder of Insys Therapeutics made the potent opioid painkiller Subsys.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the World Economic Forum in Davos said Osama bin Laden was able to find refuge in Pakistan because groups like Al Qaeda were viewed as “heroes” rather than terrorists. In May 2011, bin Laden was killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan, near one of their military bases.

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Tulsi Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton for defamation

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced she is suing former First Lady Hillary Clinton for defamation. Gabbard was once Vice Chair of the Democratic Party, but stepped down when she decided to publicly endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President in 2016. Gabbard says she’s been smeared since making that decision by Clinton and her network of supporters.

The Republican-led Senate rejected all 11 Democratic-proposed amendments en route to approving the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. The war of words between the two sides got so nasty at one point, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts asked them all to bite their tongues.

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was honored with a Crystal Award at the opening session of the World Economic Forum’s 2020 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. 

The founder of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, Padukone was celebrated for leadership that inspires inclusive and sustainable change.

And for the first time, the Sikh community in the U.S. will be counted as a separate ethnic group in the 2020 US census.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Jayapal endorses Sanders for president

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal announced she will be supporting Bernie Sanders efforts to win the Democratic nomination. Jayapal joins Congressman Ro Khanna & California Assemblymember Ash Kalra among prominent Indian American politicians publicly endorsing Sanders.

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After much debate, thanks to a documentary by Comedian Hari Kondabolu, Simpsons Actor Hank Azaria said he will no longer voice the character known as Apu. There’s no word yet on whether the character will continue on the long running animated series.

Two NFL stalwarts will do battle in Miami in Super Bowl 54. The 49ers and Chiefs feature the league’s best running & best passing offenses in a matchup that pits one of the youngest coaches in the NFL in the 49ers Kyle Shanahan against one the league’s veterans in the Chiefs Andy Reid.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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